College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Dr. Zhou studies sterol metabolism and regulations of a variety of organisms including higher plant, marine algae, pathogenic fungi, parasitic protozoa, and animals. His research focuses on identifying the unique niches of sterol metabolism among different organisms and utilizing them for new chemotherapeutic targets and a new strategy for plant pest control. He has extensive experience in natural product chemistry, chromatography technologies, GC/MS base metabolomics, and enzymology. Dr. Zhou received his PhD in Chemistry from the Texas Tech University. He completed postdoctoral studies in metabolomics and sterol metabolism in Iowa state University and The University of Western Australia.
Recent Scholarship: Lu Y , Zhou W, Wei L, Li J, Jia J, Li M, Smith SM, Xu J: Regulation of the cholesterol biosynthetic pathway and its integration with fatty acid biosynthesis in the oleaginous microalga Nannochloropsis oceanica. Biotechnology for Biofuels. 2014 7(1):81.